Employees and supporters joined forces in Kennedy Plaza to rail against a proposed 36 percent cut in funding.
“We will truly be in big trouble if we cannot keep our vehicles in good repair,” Odimgbe said.
The federal funding cuts would come on top of RIPTA’s existing financial troubles.
“In addition to the funding deficits that we are dealing with on our operating side,” Odimgbe said.
RIPTA riders say they don’t want service reduced.
“I depend on buses to get me to and from my doctor’s appointments, my therapy appointments,” said Don Rhodes of North Providence.
RIPTA officials said they cannot give a final plan yet, but Odimgbe said all routes will remain but service may not be as frequent. He said everyone will still have some connection with the rest of the state.
RIPTA officials said they plan to present their final proposal for spending cuts to the board of directors on Sept. 27.